The Washington Times - July 17, 2013, 12:19PM

Republicans are scratching their heads over the White House’s decision this month to announce a major change to President Obama’s health care law through a pair of blog posts.

The Treasury and White House announced on July 2 that it would delay by one year, to 2015, the mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires companies with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time workers to provide health coverage or pay fines.

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But it did not hold a press conference or issue an official statement on the change, which many see as a setback for implementation of “Obamacare.”


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Instead, it mentioned the delay about two-thirds of the way down each of its Web postings.


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Republicans instantly accused the White House of trying to downplay and shroud the development on the cusp of the July 4 holiday weekend.


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Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican, told the House Rules Committee this week that not too many people in Washington would advise the president to roll out big news in that way.


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“When you are trying to pull a fast one, it’s sure better not to look like it,” Mr. Cole said. “This mystifies me, I have to tell you. That is political malpractice.”


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